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Quickly remove a gradient mesh in Illustrator

Quickly remove a gradient mesh (Illustrator CS2/CS3/CS4/CS5)

If you discover that you need your vector art back without the mesh grid, use the Selection tool to select the object that contains a mesh and choose Object > Path > Offset Path and enter 0 in the Offset Value text box. Click OK to exit the dialog box. You’ll still see your original mesh, but select the object and delete it and you’ll find a copy of just the path remains underneath. You’ll need to repeat the process with each individual mesh piece if your object contains more than one mesh.

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29 thoughts on “Quickly remove a gradient mesh in Illustrator

  1. Merci beaucoup! I’ve escaped the vampire’s bite! ( I’ve acquainted gradient meshes with vampires…once bitten…)
    Thanks again.

  2. Thank you, found your tip when Googling for a way to remove the mesh, and PERFECT trick! Appreciate your thoughtful contribution.

  3. Great! this tip just save me a lot of tracing hours! Thanks, this is great!

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